Former TWA flight attendants hopeful, but time is running out

They were the first to lose their jobs when their new boss, American Airlines, made cuts after the Sept. 11 attacks. And since an extension was worked out giving the attendants more time to be recalled to work, not one has been called back.

Trees help cleanse landfill


1,800 cottonwood and sycamore trees were planted at the Columbia Solid Waste Division landfill last year to help soak up and cleanse toxic groundwater.

Healing, relaxing, and liberating

Pam Fleenor and John Benton have made a life out of drumming. For these two percussionists, hand drumming is a universal human experience, something they are trying to share with others.

3-state Route 66 marathon to end in Joplin

The event, set for Oct. 3, will run from Miami, Okla., through southeast Kansas into Missouri.

UPDATE: Eartha Kitt, sultry 'Santa Baby' singer, dies

She rose from poverty in South Carolina to be one of the nation's most versatile performers, a self-proclaimed "sex kitten" famous for her catlike purr.  She was once dubbed the "most exciting woman in the world" by Orson Welles.

2008 in Missouri politics: surprise, surprise, surprise

One unexpected event followed another -- right to the end of the year.

Missouri agribusiness unit returns from Afghanistan

The unit is a pilot program developed through a partnership of the National Guard Bureau, the University of Missouri and the Missouri Farm Bureau. The 47 soldiers arrived Wednesday in Springfield.

Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter dies at 78

Mr. Pinter, who died of cancer Wednesday at the age of 78, was considered the most influential British playwright of his generation.

Springfield lawmaker vows to fight voucher attempt

Democrat Sara Lampe says she won't let her minority party status get in the way of seeking more money for various education initiatives, or working against a vouchers push.

Mildred Litton, mother of late representative, dies at 98

Mrs. Litton was the mother of Jerry Litton, a popular Democratic congressman from northwest Missouri who died in a plane crash in 1976 after he won his party's senatorial primary.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

A letter to the editor of the New York Sun in 1897 prompted what has become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial.

Coaches in the classroom

Missouri student athletes depend on academic tutors to help them manage unique challenges. 

City organizes family-friendly alternative for New Year's Eve

First Night Columbia, in its 14th year, will provide family-oriented fun and activities to ring in the New Year.

Compiling year-end lists leave some wondering

It doesn't take a genius to realize that some lists are compiled with a methodology that is less than comprehensive.

Santa's milk and cookies are getting cheaper

The prices for cookies and milk are down in Columbia stores, and holiday specials are not the only reason for the decrease.  The rising cost of food has been of major concern this past year and has increased as gas prices rose earlier this year.

Families balance Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations

When Christmas and Hanukkah coincide, some interfaith families balance celebrations for both.

Harbor House full during economic downturn

Nearly 700 people seeking shelter have been turned away from Harbor House, which has been at capacity because of an increased need in the community

DURA brake cables plant to close in Hannibal

A brake cables plant in northeast Missouri is closing by the end of the year. A representative for DURA says the company plans to close a plant in Hannibal.

Blunt pardons 4 convicted of stealing offenses

Gov. Matt Blunt pardons four people convicted of stealing offenses.

Family facing tough holiday gets unexpected gift

An anonymous donation from a Denver family will give a southeast Missouri man awaiting a transplant the opportunity to buy Christmas presents for his wife and six children.